Dak Prescott said to Yahoo Sports he has no plans to start kneeling during the National Anthem. Prescott stated that he had never even thought of kneeling or protesting the anthem in some other way.
“I mean, it’s bigger than I think some of us think,” Prescott stated. “It’s just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country and just be thankful and not take anything I’ve been given and my freedom for granted.”
According to Sports Illustrated, around of 30 players have protested the anthem in some way during this 2017 NFL preseason.
Jason Garrett: "There's no question in my mind the National Anthem is sacred, the flag is sacred and our team has demonstrated that."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 15, 2017
Jerry Jones, the Cowboys general manager, stated that he believed “very strongly” that NFL players should respect American flag.
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have,” Jones stated.
“I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it.”
Despite Jones position on the National Anthem, the speculation about him forcing the players to “stand or leave” have turned out to be false.
Darren McFadden said that Jones never forced anyone on the team to behave like he wants them to.
Let's not spread #FakeNews.
— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) August 24, 2017
“He hasn’t come in and said that to us personally,” McFadden stated.
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